It’s galleries like Chamber that keep the cultural lifeblood of New York City flowing. Founded in 2014 by Juan Garcia Mosqueda, Chamber was envisioned as a high-end curios emporium, treasure chest for creative odds and ends, and a collection of experimental, unique, and unusual pieces from artists and designers around the world. And thus far, Mosqueda’s idea has paid off; these are works that you simply won’t find anywhere else.
At the heart of Chamber’s artistic programme is the “Chamber Collection”. These artist-curated exhibitions bring together vintage, rare, and specially-commissioned pieces, and are always striking. The 2016 Progressland exhibition (aka Chamber Collection #2), put together by multi-disciplinary artist Andrew Zuckerman, was a case in point. Taking its name from a future-focussed pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair, Progressland featured work from a wide range of artists, including Brooklyn-based lighting designer Bec Brittain and ceramicist Peter Pincus.
While Chamber is a prime sourcing spot for serious (read: minted) collectors, it’s just as popular with visitors who want to soak up some cutting edge art while they’re wandering around Chelsea. And who knows? There’s always the chance that you could make the transition from admirer to collector while you’re there.